Jul 4, 2013, 11:07 PM EST
IZOD IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe will miss Saturday’s qualifying for the first open-wheel race at Pocono Raceway in 24 years.
Instead, Briscoe, according to reports, will compete in the American Le Mans Series Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
Driving the No. 4 Chevrolet, Briscoe will start Sunday’s Pocono IndyCar 400 from the back of the field. He did turn several practice laps at the 2.5-mile tri-oval on Thursday.
Briscoe has competed in just four of the first 10 IndyCar series races this season, with a best finish of 12th in the Indianapolis 500. He also had top-15 finishes at Belle Isle (13th) and Milwaukee (15th).
“Last week, we spent our time working on our race prep and we worked hard on trying to find something that will get us through the field during the race on Sunday,” Briscoe told The Associated Press. “Pocono’s a big track and it’s a long 400-mile race, so we feel plenty confident, even having to start in the back.
“I know the National Guard crew will work hard, and with all the track time we’ll have (had) on Thursday, we can get to the front.”
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